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NEWS - Albright Accuses Japan of Ex
- Subject: NEWS - Albright Accuses Japan of Ex
- From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 15:23:00
Albright Accuses Japan of Extreme Export Offensive.
TOKYO, November 23 (Itar-Tass) - U.S. Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright accused Tokyo of
pursuing a wrong policy in many areas, ranging from
encouraging an export offensive to contacts with
military regime of Myanmar.
She expressed concern at a meeting with Japanese
Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi in the Canadian city
of Vancouver that a sharp rise in Japanese
revenues in trade with the United States "has
negative influence" on relations between the two
Albright also pointed to the need for broader access
of American companies to the Japanese market of
civil planes. In this connection, the state secretary
demanded that Tokyo should take further steps to
boost domestic demand in the country and beat
down, thereby, the attack on the U.S. market.
In October, Japan's balance of trade with the U.S.
jumped up by 55 percent as against the
corresponding month last year.
Obuchi promised to take efforts in this field, but did
not promise rapid success. According to the
Japanese minister, the growth in Japanese export
to the United States is largely explained by the fact
that the economic situation there improved, and
Americans are now ready to buy more goods from
Albright also expressed concern over Japan's
economic cooperation with the military regime of
Myanmar (Burma), which is accused by Washington
of violating human rights. According to the state
secretary, Tokyo sends, thereby, "a wrong signal"
to that country, instead of promoting a dialogue
between the authorities and the opposition there.
Obuchi explained in his reply that Japanese aid, for
instance in modernising the airport in the Myanmar
capital Yangwon was prompted by the need to
ensure safety of flights.
He promised to think over the U.S. advice but
ducked a specific obligation to cut economic
contacts with that country in South East Asia.